Home Sports GFF honours the memory of late national player Neil “Grizzly” Humphrey
The Guyana Football Federation on Friday sent its condolences to the family of former national footballer Neil “Grizzly” Humphrey, who passed away in New Amsterdam last weekend at the age of 65.
The New Amsterdam-based Humphrey, with his brother Keith, played for the senior men’s national team during the 1970s. During his club career, he played for several sides, including Cougars, Caribs, Bermine, and Hearts of Oak.
“Grizzly was a larger-than-life character who made a huge impression on football nationally, and in particular in Berbice. On behalf of the Guyana Football Federation, I would like to send my sincerest heartfelt condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time,” said GFF President Wayne Forde.
After his playing career had ended, Humphrey remained a keen enthusiast, supporter and organiser of football, participating therein from coaching to refereeing and youth development, including in the Teach Them Young football camps which he ran for more than two decades. He also served as president of the Hearts of Oak Masters FC and as the local contact for the Overseas Disturbance FC, which is comprised mostly of members of the diaspora from New Amsterdam.
“He will be greatly missed by all, but there is so much to celebrate about his life. He leaves behind an incredible list of achievements in football that have made a permanent mark on his community and beyond,” Forde said. “It is the unsung heroes like Grizzly who make the real difference for the development of young people in our communities.”